The ALS is an Air Force educational program implemented at the base level that prepares Senior
Airmen for positions of greater responsibility. It provides many of the leadership skills required of supervisors and reporting officials throughout the Air Force. ALS enhances the development of
Senior Airmen by strengthening their ability to lead, follow, and manage while they gain a broader understanding of the military profession.
The resident Airman Leadership School program consists of 192 hours of primarily guided discussion classroom methodology, experiential activities and exercises , and case studies. The
Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) grants college credits for course completion. The course consists of five Air University core areas: Profession of Arms, Warfare Studies, Leadership
Studies, International Security Studies, and Communication Studies. The lessons in the core areas are distributed throughout the four graduate attributes. The attributes consist of the Military
Professional, Expeditionary Airman, Supervisor of Airmen, and the Supervisory Communicator.
The administrative time and Commandant’s time round out the course for ALS.
Course Hour Breakdown:
Supervisor of Airmen
Case Studies 5
Course Evaluation/Administration 4
Commandant Hours 6
Emerging Leadership Issues
ALS Course Wrap-up
CCAF Credit Hour Breakdown:
Leadership/Management I 5
Managerial Communications I 3
Military Studies I 2